Premier Drums looking healthy again?

Spreggy

Silver Member
Maybe I was wrong, but I was under the impression that Premier wasn't long for this world. But I read in the MMR update that they've acquired KD Drums, and plan on manufacturing more out of England again. Here's the article:

Premier Acquires KD Drums
Premier recently announced their acquisition of KD Drums. The takeover will see the formation of The Premier Drum Company Limited which will be the research, development and UK manufacturing operation for Premier Music International Limited, starting January 2012.

KD Drums, based in the North West of England, have built a reputation for custom-built snare drums and drumsets since their inception in 2003 under the management of Keith Keough, who will now take on the role of head of manufacture for Premier.

The acquisition of KD Drums heralds a return to UK manufacture for Premier with the first of the new British-built products due to be released at NAMM in January 2012. The Premier Drum Company will operate and manufacture from new factory premises in Lancashire with production starting in February 2012, which will allow KD drums to fulfill all existing orders beforehand. The Premier Drum Company will manufacture high-end snare drums to begin with, before moving on to British-built drumssets and orchestral and marching products, beginning in 2013.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
I read that yesterday too.

Last I had heard, Premier had sold off much of it's assets and manufacturing capability. So I'm not sure whey get the capital to "buy" out a smaller company.

But given the management of the smaller company is now the "head of manufacture" of Premier under this deal, I wonder if KD Drums was actually the "buyer" of Premier.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
I don't own any Premier stuff, but they have some beautiful sets, and I hope they make a come back. Sure its the business world, but I think its unfortunate when older drum companies die, are eaten or fade away (Slingerland, Leedy, Camco, Rogers.....).
 
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mediocrefunkybeat

Guest
I hope so. If they're anything like as good as what they used to produce then they'll be good.
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
I don't own any Premier stuff, but they have some beautiful sets, and I hope they make a come back. Sure its the business world, but I think its unfortunate when older drum companies die, are eaten or fade away (Slingerland, Leedy, Camco, Rogers.....).
Agreed. It was good to see Britain producing drums. I never had any of their drums but every nation should have a healthy musical instrument industry.
 

Too Many Songs

Senior Member
I have a very ambivalent view of Premier. I'm sure I share the experience of many British drummers in that my first ever kit was a Premier (4 piece white Premier Olympic).

I've never played or wanted to play a Premier kit since. I'd be sorry to see the company go but they haven't produced anything that I've wanted to buy since the Resonator series. But by golly those were drums and a half.
 

Andy

Administrator
Staff member
I read that yesterday too.

Last I had heard, Premier had sold off much of it's assets and manufacturing capability. So I'm not sure whey get the capital to "buy" out a smaller company.

But given the management of the smaller company is now the "head of manufacture" of Premier under this deal, I wonder if KD Drums was actually the "buyer" of Premier.
I know Keith, & Dean knows Keith very well. We're party to the basic details of this arrangement, but it wouldn't be fair to divulge the details publicly. I can confirm that Keith didn't buy Premier. I wish them luck in their new venture, & I know they have plans to do some stuff that's a departure from the offerings you'd expect from a mainstream name.

From time to time, Dean has supplied some steam bent & stave snare shells to Keith, for him to assemble & offer as KD drums. We've done this for other companies too, but no longer offer that service to custom shops.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
I know Keith, & Dean knows Keith very well. We're party to the basic details of this arrangement, but it wouldn't be fair to divulge the details publicly. I can confirm that Keith didn't buy Premier. I wish them luck in their new venture, & I know they have plans to do some stuff that's a departure from the offerings you'd expect from a mainstream name.
Thanks Andy.

I'm looking forward to what ever Premier may have.
As a long time owner of a Premier Signia kit, I with the company all the best.
 
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wy yung

Guest
I am an aviation history buff. Geek with a capital G for aviation history. For this reason alone I would like to procure the new Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster snare drums. But Premier drums are so hard to buy. Nobody I know stocks them. And spare parts??? Forget it.
 

Wackamole

Member
I am an aviation history buff. Geek with a capital G for aviation history. For this reason alone I would like to procure the new Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster snare drums.
I'd be keen on a snipe or a camel ;) Maybe even an SE5a... yep waaay past bed time :)
 

Andy

Administrator
Staff member
I am an aviation history buff. Geek with a capital G for aviation history. For this reason alone I would like to procure the new Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster snare drums. But Premier drums are so hard to buy. Nobody I know stocks them. And spare parts??? Forget it.
Spare parts not an issue, as I know who makes their lugs & bits, & he also designed them.
 
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wy yung

Guest
Oh really? Great! I want a Hurricane. PM me details as to whom I can purchase this drum.

Always loved the Hurricane. The Hurricane scored 75% of the kills during the Battle of Britain. A nephew of Sidney Cam is a friend.

I want each of those snares.
 
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wy yung

Guest
Are they building rhe shells or are they imported from Asia?
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
I just played a set of Premiers. They were part of a backline at a festival I did yesterday. Geez that was the best sounding backline kit I ever played. They were even headed nicely, and tuned pretty close to how drums should be tuned. In less than 2 minutes, I had that kit tuned up so nice. I just tightened the reso's a little on the 2 racks, (the floor tom I didn't have to touch) tweaked the batters so the heads cleared, and voila! I had an awesome sounding kit. I got to hear other bands play them after I tuned them up. Through the PA...it was one of the best drum tones I've heard in quite some time. The rack toms sung actual notes because they were tuned beyond the "wet thud" stage. Tom tone heaven! I was very pleased that someone finally had some consideration for the drummer for once.

I liked the thin shells. They tuned up effortlessly and they just sounded so responsive through the PA. They were literally dripping with great, woody tone.

I saw some really great drummers too! For once! I was beginning to worry! Great drummers on a great sounding kit through a properly set PA = all the ingredients I need to be satisfied.
 
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